Meet Pete Julian, Assistant Coach of the Nike Oregon Project

I was very fortunate enough to recently do an interview with Pete Julian who is the assistant coach of the Nike Oregon Project. Here's a little background information on Julian. He's an Oregon native. He graduated from Ashland High where he ran for his father, Bob Julian, on the Oregon state high school championship team.

After high school Pete went on to attend the University of Portland. While at UP, Pete received four all-American awards (three of them in track and he also became the first Portland Pilot in school history to earn all-American honors in cross country).

After he graduated with a degree in communications management, Pete then spent over 10 years racing professionally in track and road races as a member of Team adidas. He was a member of the US World Cross Country team in '97 and '98, running personal-best times of 3:42 in the 1500m, 13:33 in the 5000m, and 28:05 in the 10,000m. Julian captured the bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 1999 Pan Am Games and was a finalist in the 10k at the IAAF World Championships in Seville, Spain, that same year.

Read more on Brandon's blog, Brandon Runs This. You should follow him on Twitter, too.




Q: How did you first get involved with the Oregon Project and getting a job as an assistant coach?


A: I've known Alberto for quite some time and I helped him out during the summer of 2008.  I had been coaching at Washington State University when he offered me the job this summer to join his staff.  It was tough leaving the team and staff at WSU, but getting back to Portland and taking on a new challenge was the right thing for me.

 

Q: So you and the rest of them team have been at altitude in Park City Utah training for a little while now. How's the team training camp been going up there?

A: The team has been doing very well in Park City.  It's a great group of men and women and we have a good support staff to make sure all their training needs are met.  Everyone is healthy and training very hard.


Q: This year the group has also added quite a few new runners like Luke, Cam, and Jordan. How has the addition of these runners helped the great group of runners y'all already had assembled?

A: Cam, Jordan and Luke have been a wonderful addition to the team.  They are humble, hard working and a pleasure to coach.

 

Q: At USAs the team had great showing with Dathan, Galen, Jordan, Tara, Treniere, Matthew, and Mary. Were expectations very high headed into USAs and how did you and everyone feel after the meet?

A: We felt great about the results from the USAs.  The athletes trained very, very hard and were appropriately prepared for the hot and humid conditions that we knew we would face.  The baseline expectations for everyone on the Oregon Project is to make the USA team.


Q: What's the rest of the summer looking like for the Oregon Project ? Training and racing wise?

A: We're slowly shutting things down in Park City and getting the team moved over to Switzerland where we have a training camp set up there.  We'll be based there as we tune up for the World Championships with a few races around Europe.

Q: And what should everyone expect to see from the Oregon project come the world championships in Moscow this August?

A: Our expectations in the Oregon Project are to challenge for medals.  If a younger athlete is competing over there, they may not be able to medal this time around, but we want them learning and gaining experience so that they can come back in two years and be in the hunt for some hardware.


Be on the lookout in the near future as the Oregon Project has big things planned ahead! They will be making a few stops around Europe at IAAF Diamond League events and training at altitude in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The next stop on their schedule is this friday at the Herculis Monaco Diamond League Meeting in Monaco, France. Mo Farah and Matt Centrowitz will be in the 1500m and Galen Rupp will be in the 5k.

I'd like to thank Alex Salazar for helping me get this interview and I'd also like to thank Pete for taking time out of his schedule to do this interview with me.

It looks like we can expect to see some great races this summer at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia!

Mo Farah Slams Haile G Over Hotel Incident, Haile G Then Slams Farah

A war of words and allegations broke out on Wednesday between two of the greatest distance runners in history, as four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah voiced anger at former marathon world record holder and two-time Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie after he says money and personal items were stolen from him while staying at Gebrselassie’s hotel last month.

House Of Run: Would A Kipchoge Upset Be Farah's Biggest Accomplishment?

Jason and Kevin discuss Michael Norman’s 43.45 opener, the landscape in the men’s 400m, Divine Oduduru’s 19.76 in the 200m, Eliud Kipchoge’s likely outcome at the London Marathon and the prospects for Emily Sisson and Molly Huddle on Sunday.

DI Men's XC Championships Could Soon Move To 8k

A major change could be coming to NCAA DI men’s cross country in 2020 as the Division I Track and Field and Cross Country Sport Committee is recommending a proposal to switch the championship distance from 10,000m to 8,000m.

Norman's Absurd Debut, Divine's Double | Weekend Recap

null

Michael Norman runs ahead of schedule. 

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Michael Norman Debuts With 43.45 400m, #4 All-Time

null

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

It’s only April 20, but already 21-year-old Michael Norman has put the 400m world record on notice:

Asbel Kiprop Banned Four Years For Doping Violation

Former 1,500m Olympic and World champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya has been banned four years for a doping violation, the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Saturday. The 29-year-old Kiprop tested positive for EPO in a out-of-competition test in late 2017, and was provisionally suspended from competition on February 3, 2018.

Weekend Watch Guide: Loaded Distance Races At Bryan Clay, Cardinal Classic

Another busy weekend of college and professional track and field is on tap, and FloTrack has you covered Thursday through Saturday with five live events:

FloTrack To Stream 2019 London Marathon In Select Countries

AUSTIN, Texas — April 18, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced an agreement with London Marathon Events to provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on FloTrack.com exclusively in Canada, Australia, Pan Europe (excluding UK, Ireland, and Italy) and Pan Asia (excluding China and Japan). The deal was agreed to in collaboration with TCB Sport Media.

Bryan Clay Is The Place To Be For NCAA Champs This Weekend

null

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Good weather and deep fields will once again make the Bryan Clay Invitational fast. Here are four events to watch on Thursday and Friday at Azusa Pacific University.

'It's About Dang Time': Fauble, Ward Break Through In Boston

null

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloTrack!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

The last time that an American man not-named Galen Rupp broke 2:10 in the marathon before Monday, a 25-year-old Jared Ward owned a 2:16 PB and Scott Fauble was a junior in college.